Deanna Paul


212 335 2035

Deanna is an experienced trial lawyer and investigator whose practice focuses on white collar defense, government investigations, and complex civil litigation. She served for six years as an assistant district attorney in New York City, in both the Brooklyn and Queens District Attorney’s Offices, and has tried more than two dozen cases to verdict in federal and state court.

Prior to joining WMHW, Deanna was a legal affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and a national and breaking news reporter for The Washington Post. During her journalism career, she was part of the Post team that was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. In 2022, Deanna received the New York Press Club Award for political reporting and the Newswoman’s Club of New York’s Front Page Award for her reporting in the wake of the ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.


Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court

Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2013–present)

  • Criminal Advocacy Committee (2022–present)
  • Communications & Media Law Committee (2020–2021)
  • Domestic Violence Committee (2015–2017)

New York American Inn of Court

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, Fordham University School of Law

Adjunct Associate Professor of Media Law, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism